Baird Highlights Advantages and Opportunities of Border Action Plan
January 18, 2012 - Toronto, Ontario - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird addresses leaders of various sectors at a luncheon hosted by the Canadian Club of Toronto, January 18, 2012.
His speech, titled “Thinning the Border, Creating Opportunities,” highlighted how the recently announced border action plan will contribute to a more efficient and secure Canada-United States border.
On December 7, 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama announced that Canada and the U.S. will implement the Action Plan on Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness and the Action Plan on Regulatory Cooperation. These plans set out ambitious yet achievable targets designed to speed up legitimate trade and travel, improve security and break down regulatory barriers between Canada and the U.S.
Canada and the U.S. already have some of the highest levels of cross-border trade and travel in the world. More than $500-billion worth of two-way trade crosses the Canada-U.S. border every year. One in seven jobs in Canada depends on trade with the U.S., while trade with Canada supports some eight million jobs in the U.S.
For more information, please visit Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness.
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